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December 11, 1998

Dear Diary,

Hooray for President Abe Lincoln! Maybe he’ll be the one to stop the spreading of slavery. Actually he says he plans to. He’s part of the Republican party, and papa says he only won b/c the Democratic party split into two. Mama says that the North (us) had more votes. After mama heard the word of his presidency, she bursted out crying! I know not, but I assume it was because she was happy to hear a man wanted to do something about the slavery issue. Mr. OOPS I mean President Lincoln believes that the government is not strong enough to end slavery.
-Abigail Baxter

Dear Diary,

Those gosh darn people of the North! They elected Abraham Licoln for our presidents. He doesn’t think that papa should move half of his slaves to California, to produce more cotton. That makes me made, how am I gonna get a new dress every 3 days!? He wouldn’t have won if our democratic party didn’t split into two! He said that he feels the government doesn’t have enough power to end slavery. Well before I Burst into tears , I’m gonna stop writing.
-Janey Lee

Dear Diary,

I heard the word today! We are seceding from the North! I can’t believe it, I thought we were going to stay as one. But I am thrilled today, I heard granddaddy say that there was going to be a big celebration tonight and the whole state will rejoice. Papa said that we were doing this because Mr. Lincoln is not supporting slavery. I wonder if we’ll still go to war. I’ll write more after the celebration.
-Johanna Smithies

Dear Diary,

Oh gosh, the south is gonna secede! I am very worried, I wonder what the war will be like. Grandpa said they were seceding because Mr. Lincoln wasn’t for slavery! So what, I think he’s a great man! He is slowing the process of slavery down. I can feel it in my teeth, the south are outside bbqing and throwing their hats in the air , those swine! How dare they support the seceding!, I hate them , I hate them all. Those poor slaves! Janice is coming up the stairs, I’ll write more tomorrow.
-Rosie Tannenbaum

Dear Diary,

No sir, I don’t like the idea of the Confederacy. This is pure evil! My master knows not that I know how to read and write, miss Shane, another slave taught me. The Confederacy is the government that is controlling us. Jefferson Davis is our President. The vice president says that we blacks are not equal to them white men, and they based their government on it. Oh no master is coming, see you tomorrow.
-Joasie Rodman

Dear Diary,

Did you know that the Confederacy is the government that runs the south since they seceded? Well it is and I think it is just great. we are free and we don’t have to listen to those stupid men in powdered wings! We democrats elected a man named Jefferson Davis. My family and his both agree that Negroes belong in the field and not in our warm cozy home. As a matter of fact, he has based our government on that! I can hardly sit still, because I am over joyed, well, I’ll see you tomorrow.
-Shana Amerson

Dear Diary,

Today we received word that the Confederacy attacked Fort Sumter. They wanted them to surrender because it was in the south and it rightfully belonged to them. Boy are they wrong! They only attacked because the soldiers would not surrender. The battle lasted 34 hours , can you believe it?! No one was killed except for one horse. The North is very upset, and the Confederacy fired the first shot! Mama’s gonna whip me if she finds me writing, goodbye for now.
-Bobbie Anne

Dear Diary,
Hooray, we attacked and seized Fort Sumter! Papa is so excited he can hardly keep from smiling. Can you believe that our men fought for 34 hours before the attacked ended?. We seized it because they would not give in, anyway it is in the south and according to our law, WE OWN IT! I am happy for both them and us in one thing though, no one was killed except for one horse. Thank God! Mama’s screaming for me to come downstairs and help her , good bye for now.
-Tracy Albman

 

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